Police in the Borders are appealing for witnesses after they received a report of bogus workmen operating in Foulden.
An 83 year-old-man was the victim of cold callers who charged him a five-figure sum to have work carried out on his home over a three-day period, between Thursday March 6 and Saturday March 8.
The man paid the men in cash.
However the workers, who according to police spoke with an Irish accent and drove a white Mercedes van, failed to return to complete the task.
Detective Inspector Dave Pinkney said: “This elderly man has been left upset at being charged for work which was not completed.
“We are continuing with our investigations and would urge anyone who was in the Foulden area between the 6th and 8th of March and recalls seeing a white Mercedes van, or workmen acting suspiciously to contact police.”
Meanwhile officers are reminding the public to remain vigilant for bogus workmen and rogue traders, and to use reputable companies to avoid giving bogus workmen opportunities.
Detective Inspector Pinkney added: “Householders should take caution if they are approached by anyone offering to carry out work on their property.
“Anyone requiring maintenance or repairs on their home should always use a reputable company and never allow a cold caller into their home.”
Anyone with any information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0845 555 111.